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The speed of change in the environment of organizations has been increasing steadily for years and the complexity that these organizations has to cope with is increasing significantly. At the same time, we observe that people, especially the younger generations, have a new awareness of themselves and the environment.
Responding to these changes with existing forms of organizational structures is becoming less and less successful. Some companies have already responded and successfully established new forms of cooperation, but many are still looking for a new working culture of togetherness.

Content of the workshop
After a short introduction about the integral organizational development model, three different aspects of a new cooperation in companies will be examined in short presentations. The workshop participants will then deepen these aspects in small groups and supplement them with their own experience and questions. The collected findings are then shared in the large group.


Michael Brenner, Dr. Markus Strobel

Self-organisation: what are we talking about?
Prof. Dr. phil. Urs Kaegi

Sense orientation as transformative power for companies
Dr. Sabine Cofalla


Collegial leadership and cooperation within the company
Clara Neumann

Group discussion

Summary and conclusion
Michael Brenner, Dr. Markus Strobel


Prof. Dr. phil. Urs Kaegi - Self-organisation: what are we talking about?

Urs Kaegi, emeritus professor for organizational change, is a lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland. Mr. Kaegi presents the results of his research activities and illuminates the topic of new work and self-organization from an overarching perspective. "Self-organisation" is currently not only a popular term in business administration. It certainly owes a large part of its broad resonance to its apparently almost universal applicability in the most diverse scientific disciplines. From molecular biology to physics and cybernetics, a bridge is built to social evolution, ethics, epistemology and business administration.

Dr. Sabine Cofalla - Sense orientation as transformative power for companies

Ms. Cofalla is Business Unit Manager at WBS TRAINING AG, where more than 25,000 people undergo further training or retraining every year.  Since 2016, the work of WBS TRAINING AG has been based on an innovative understanding of education, which emerged from an intensive process of sense orientation and is now essential for successful value creation. Sabine Cofalla outlines the transformation process to a company oriented towards the common good and shares best practices as well as tricky questions.  

Clara Neumann - Collegial leadership and cooperation within the company

Ms. Neumann is a personnel developer at Weleda AG, a company that develops, produces and sells natural cosmetic products and anthroposophic remedies. Weleda has around 2,500 employees and its own subsidiaries in 20 countries. Since 2017, Weleda has been on the road without a CEO and is on its way to introducing a new way of leadership and cooperation at eye level within the company. Clara Neumann reports on the path, the first findings after 2 years, the challenges and success factors of collegial leadership.

Michael Brenner

Michael Brenner

Michael Brenner is Co-Managing Director of the Weleda Group. In his role, he is responsible for the support and service areas of the company. These include finances, human resources, organisational development, culture & identity, and sustainability. Michael Brenner has been working for Weleda since 2012.


Markus Strobel

Dr. Markus Strobel

Dr. Markus Strobel Founder and managing partner of imu augsburg. He taught organizational development at the University of Augsburg and at the School of Governance (Berlin) as part of various part-time MBAs.